Thursday, February 22, 2024

Life

EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Do men really think about the Roman Empire? MSU experts, students weigh in

The "Roman Empire" trend, which has swept across social media in recent weeks, is simple: women ask men- typically their boyfriends or spouses- how often they think about the Roman Empire, to which many men reply, "constantly." However, people are questioning if men actually think about the Roman Empire that much, why they're so interested in it and, more recently, what their own "Roman Empire" is. 

SOCIAL JUSTICE

MSU law professor creates project uncovering cases with legal citations of slavery

MSU Law Professor Justin Simard started the "Citing Slavery Project" in 2020 after researching sources for a project and stumbling upon citations of slave cases by modern judges. “The goal of the project is to document all cases involving enslaved people, either as litigants or as the property and dispute, and (we cite) all the cases... on our website,” Simard said. “It is essentially to get scholars and lawyers to recognize the important influence that slavery has played on the development of American law.”

COMMUNITY

MSU Indigenous community members celebrate Orange Shirt Day, honor boarding school victims

In May of 2022, the U.S. Department of the Interior, or DOI, released an investigative report identifying approximately 500 Native American boarding schools across the United States and Canada that existed in the 19th and 20th centuries. Three of them existed in Michigan, and one did not close until 1983. Now, Indigenous students, faculty and community members of Michigan State University are making sure the atrocities committed against their communities are not forgotten. The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, commonly known as Orange Shirt Day, honors the countless number of children who were sent to Native American boarding schools, many of whom never returned.

STUDENTS

Students discuss campus safety on home football game days

During game days, it's common for people who don't attend MSU to walk into campus buildings and residence halls as they follow their friends or join in the festivities. For many MSU students, however, something as simple as holding the door open for the person behind them can create a safety risk.

EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Students weigh in: Best comfort TV shows, movies to watch during fall

With summer coming to an end and the crisp fall weather rolling in, the changing leaves are bringing autumn vibes back to campus. For many Michigan State University students, the best way to celebrate this transition is by reaching for their favorite autumn film classics. From Halloween horror movies to Stars Hollow drama, here are some comfort TV shows and movies students think are perfect for the pumpkin spice season.

STUDENTS

Students bring back MSU skydiving club to "enjoy the beauty of skydiving"

“The purpose of the club is to enjoy the beauty of skydiving,” skydiving club member Noah Roux said. “For me, it is very calming to have the sense that the only thing that matters in that moment is that exact moment. So, everything else I stress out about, everything that worries me, all that doesn’t matter. The only thing I care about is making sure I jump safely.” 

EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Olivia Rodrigo's 'Guts', Taylor Swift and women in music: Students discuss

After a long anticipated wait by her fans, singer-songwriter Oliva Rodrigo returned to stardom with the release of her sophomore album “Guts," which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and showcased hits like "Vampire" and "bad idea right?". Admist the album's growing popularity, however, heated controversy has arisen on social media as users accuse Rodrigo of copying song patterns and sounds from artists like Taylor Swift, Sabrina Carpenter and Miley Cyrus. With the debate trending across the internet, Michigan State University students expressed their opinions on the subject.

STUDENTS

MSU holds National Pan-Hellenic Council Yard Show for Divine 9 fraternities, sororities

On Thursday, Sep. 21, in the Wharton Center, Michigan State University hosted the National Pan-Hellenic Council Yard Show, an annual event consisting of nine historically African American fraternities and sororities, also known as the Divine Nine. The Yard Show is a series of performances where the Greek life organizations showcase their Greek life’s history through performances – such as speeches, dances and chants – in front of the other Greek life organizations. Hundreds of students wore their chapter's paraphernalia and held signs to support their brotherhood and sisterhood.